Drug Addiction, Higher Crime Rates

New Hampshire Police Reports Higher Crime Linked To Drug ...
The New Hampshire News states (9/11) in Nashua Police Say Spike In Armed Robberies Tied ToDrug Addiction, that the Nashua, NH Police Department Drug ...

Nyaope: Cheap Drug Cocktail Ravaging Black Townships of South ...
International Business Times
Nyaope: Cheap Drug Cocktail Ravaging Black Townships of South Africa.... of the South African National Council on Alcoholism and DrugDependence [Sanca] in Soweto. ... South African youths who become entangled in drug addiction find ...

International Business Times

Foreigners kick drugs with yoga, build homes in gratitude
Times of India
UDUPI: Ten foreigners, addicted to drugs, were transformed into social workers ... to rid themselves off their drug addiction by practicing 'Karma Yoga' under the ...

Editorial: Wanted: more focus on drug addiction
Concord Monitor
It's easy to understand why Jim Weinstein, the head of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock health system, is frustrated. When it comes to health care, much of what he hears ...

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Drugs, Addiction, Death

Anti-drug addiction vigil planned on Cape Cod
BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) — People will gather on Cape Cod this weekend for a vigil to remember those who've died as a result of a drug addiction, as well as ...

Cape Cod Today

Fighting meth addiction with hard drugs
Global Post BANGKOK, Thailand — As illicit drugs go, Southeast Asia's leafy plant “kratom” is hardly ideal for thrill seekers. Those who chew its sour-tasting ...


Compulsive pornography users shows the same brain activity as ...
Daily Mail
The Sexual Recovery Institute, an American sex-addiction clinic, said: 'Similar ... Brain waves: Addicts of substances such as drugs and are stimulated when they ...

Daily Mail

Rallying for Recovery says recovery is working for addicts
Youngstown Vindicator
Len said his drug addiction began in high school after surgery for football injuries. ... the 64th District, who has been public about his efforts to overcome alcoholism. ... for his recovery, is similar to Alcoholics Anonymous in that those in recovery ...

Addiction throws brain's impulse, self-control systems out of balance
The Providence Journal
To those who aren't afflicted, that's the central mystery of addiction. But research has shown that for addicts, “just stopping” is not an option: the drugs have ...

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12 years in prison for DUI death

Key Biscayne musician gets 12 years in prison for cyclist’s death - Miami-Dade - MiamiHerald.com: " . . .In January 2010, Bertonatti had been drinking at Club Space in downtown Miami before driving his Volkswagen Jetta onto the Rickenbacker Causeway. On the Bear Cut Bridge, just past 8 a.m., he slammed into LeCanne, who was enjoying a morning ride overlooking Biscayne Bay. Bertonatti’s blood-alcohol level was 0.122, well over the legal limit, authorities said. Miami-Dade Officer Mark Slimak, a DUI specialist, testified that Bertonatti refused to give a blood sample, and accused him of lying about the cyclist’s death. . . ."

Drug addiction not a criminal issue, says chief medical officerThe Guardian
Sally Davies: 'Addiction is a medical problem ... and our society is choosing to treat that as a criminal justice issue.'

The Guardian

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Drug Treatment, Addicts, Funding Cuts

Funding cuts to drug treatment centers mean addicts get turned away
Charlotte Observer
The three – Walter B. Jones Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment Center in Greenville, Julian F. Keith Center in Black Mountain and R.J. Blackley Center in ...

Overdoses of 'Molly' Led to Electric Zoo Deaths - NYTimes.com: "The New York City Medical Examiner has confirmed that two young people who died at the Electric Zoo festival on Randalls Island over Labor Day weekend took fatal doses of drugs sold on the street that are known as “molly.” The third day of the festival was canceled at the request of city authorities after the two overdose victims, Jeffrey Russ, 23, of Rochester, and Olivia Rotondo, 20, of Providence, R.I., collapsed with high body temperatures. Their deaths came after a string of similar overdoses since March at dance concerts around the country — in Boston, Seattle, Miami and Washington, D.C. Toxicology results showed Ms. Rotondo died from acute intoxication after taking pure MDMA, the euphoria-producing drug sold on the street in pill form as ecstasy and in powdered form as molly, said Ellen Borakove, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner’s office. . . ."

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Addiction, alcoholism, treatment, addiction services

Millions more to get coverage for addiction, alcoholism treatment ...
Washington Post
Only 1 cent of every health care dollar in the United States goes toward addiction, and fewalcoholics and drug addicts receive treatment. One huge barrier ...

Health law could overwhelm addiction services
The Southern
Only 1 cent of everyhealth care dollar in the United States goes toward addiction, and fewalcoholics and drug addicts receive treatment. One huge barrier ...

Understanding Addiction Series: Local Woman Talks Addiction ...
"Addiction is like the love of your life," Sarah, a former drug addict said. "If they love something with all their heart , like their child, they love their child with all their ...

Petoskey News-Review
The trend is being seen on the street in Northwest Michigan, as well as being confirmed in a national study released Thursday about opioid abuse....


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Molly, MDMA, Overdoses, Deaths

Overdoses of 'Molly' Led to Electric Zoo Deaths - NYTimes.com: " . . . . On average, only about four people a year have died in New York City from MDMA overdoses, a tiny fraction of the 700 deaths from drugs, city health officials say. From 2000 to 2011, there were 43 deaths from ecstasy, compared with 4,676 cocaine overdoses and 4,151 heroin overdoses. Developed in 1912 by Merck, MDMA was not marketed until the 1970s, when psychiatrists prescribed it to help people open up during therapy. Dance-music fans starting using the drug under the street name ecstasy in the 1980s, starting in Ibiza’s discos, then in the rest of Europe and the United States. Perhaps inevitably, ecstasy pills became adulterated with other substances. There was another increase in use in 2000 and 2001, the last time dance music surged in popularity."

Homelessness and drug abuse soaring across the country
Irish Mirror
Homelessness and deadly drug addiction are spiralling out of control, a shocking new report reveals. But despite the increased pressure on voluntary help ...

Irish Mirror

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Cocaine, Marijuana, addiction, teenagers

Cocaine 'rapidly changes the brain'
BBC News
Taking cocaine can change the structure of the brain within hours in what could be the first steps of drug addiction, according to US researchers. Animal tests ...

BBC News

Marijuana Use Increases Addiction Problems in Teenagers ...
Nature World News
About 48 percent ofl people in the U.S. have used the drug. ... the chemical reaction, genetic and environmental factors that encourage addiction to the drug and ...

Nature World News

Alarm over increasing drug abuse
Gulf Daily News
The GDN reported an increase in the number of elderly residents seeking help for drug addictionlast year. Despite this, Mr Fadhul estimates that less than one ...
The Telegram
No drugs were taken, but a man in the store suffered what police described as minor injuries. According to Reid, there's a six-month wait period for addiction ..

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September, National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, Presidential Proclamation

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Each day, millions of Americans take courageous steps toward recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. Their examples reveal the transformative power of recovery, and their stories provide hope to those struggling to break free from addiction. During National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, we celebrate their strength, challenge the stigmas that stand as barriers to recovery, and encourage those needing help to seek it.
This year's theme, "Together on Pathways to Wellness" encourages all Americans to walk alongside family, friends, and neighbors who are fighting to overcome addiction. My Administration is proud to advance evidence-based approaches to recovery -- approaches that view addiction as a preventable, treatable disease of the brain. The 2013 National Drug Control Strategy builds on our work over the past 4 years, increasing access to treatment and recovery services, and supporting early intervention to address substance abuse in schools, on college campuses, and in the workplace. And to give more Americans a chance to enter recovery, the Affordable Care Act expands mental health and substance use disorder benefits and Federal parity protections for millions of Americans. Thanks to this law, insurance companies must cover treatment for substance use disorders as they would any other chronic disease.
Alcohol and drug addiction remains a serious challenge in our country, but with support from loved ones and allies, Americans seeking help make steady progress each day. As we observe National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, let us unite to prevent addiction, give hope to everyone still struggling with this disease, and celebrate all those moving along the life-saving path to recovery.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 2013 as National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. I call upon the people of the United States to observe this month with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirtieth day of August, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.
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Addictions, Overdoses, Deaths

Study: Marijuana most widely used illegal drug but most deaths ...
Washington Post
LONDON — Marijuana is the most popular illegal drug used worldwide, but addictions to popular painkillers like Vicodin, Oxycontin and codeine kill the most ...

Standing up for overdose awareness
Citizens Voice
But her son's story - a life plagued and ultimately ended by drug addiction - made it very difficult to relate with other parents, and she was afraid she would be ...

Ohio lawmakers hold painkiller info hearings
The House Prescription Drug Addiction and Healthcare Reform Committee plans a hearing Tuesdayafternoon with individuals and families at Toledo Hospital.

Local Families Hold Memorial for Drug Overdose Victims
Many parents say they're focusing on loving memories, after losing loved ones to drug addiction. Family members say they want to inform the community of what ...

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Unwitting Drug Couriers, UK Drug and Alcohol Crisis

Royal Mail turned into unwitting drug couriers - report
Scotland on Sunday
And in a damning indictment of the way addiction is dealt with by handing out methadone, it notes that almost half of drug-related deaths in Scotland involves the ...

Scotland on Sunday

Think-tank claims UK has drink epidemic and drug addiction levels ...
The UK is the "addiction capital of Europe", with some of its highest rates of opiate addiction and dependence on alcohol, a major new report warns. Alcohol and ...

Drug and alcohol crisis in UK 'fuelling breakdown'
ITV News
While our addiction problem damages the economy, it is the human consequences that present the real tragedy. Drug and alcohol abuse fuels poverty and ...

Kathleen Vinehout: Let's work together to end addiction
La Crosse Tribune
Sheff is a journalist whose son suffered from drug addiction. A decade ago he sought answers to help his son. In 2008 he wrote about his son's addiction in “A ...

Speaking out on heroin plague Addiction claimed their son, took toll ...
In Christopher's obituary, the Cotes included his struggle with drug addiction, a rarity, because “we didn't see a reason not to,” he said. “People know him, they ...

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Beers Implicated in Emergency Room Visits

The study, carried out over the course of a year at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, found that five beer brands were consumed most often by people who ended up in the emergency room. They were Budweiser, Steel Reserve, Colt 45, Bud Ice and Bud Light. Three of the brands are malt liquors, which typically contain more alcohol than regular beer. Four malt liquors accounted for nearly half of the beer consumption by emergency room patients, even though they account for less than 3 percent of beer consumption in the general population.(source infra)

Beers Implicated in Emergency Room Visits - NYTimes.com: "Previous studies have found that alcohol frequently plays a role in emergency room admissions, especially those stemming from car accidents, falls, homicides and drownings, said the lead author of the study, David H. Jernigan of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The new study, published in the journal Substance Use and Misuse, is the first to look at whether certain brands or types of liquor are overrepresented." (read more at link above)

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Alcohol, Russia, Oppression, Slavery

Boycotting Vodka Won’t Help Russia’s Gays - NYTimes.com: "For centuries, the Russian state used vodka to oppress and exploit its people. Leaders from Ivan the Terrible to Peter the Great to Joseph Stalin forced even their closest colleagues to drink to stupefaction to keep them divided and dependent — just as the state pushed vodka on its people to keep them off balance and subservient — while making a killing off the liquor that was killing their people. From 1763, during the reign of Catherine the Great, through 1914, when Nicholas II instituted prohibition to aid mobilization for World War I, liquor-tax revenues made up some 25 percent to 40 percent of all state income, enough to support one of the world’s largest armies and the upkeep of the Romanovs’ opulent palaces. Even into the 1970s and 1980s, vodka revenues constituted a quarter of the Soviet Union’s revenue. Dissenters everywhere have long recognized alcohol’s oppressive capacity. In 1845, Frederick Douglass argued that getting slaves drunk was “the most effective means in the hands of the slaveholder in keeping down the spirit of insurrection.”"

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Second chance for drug offenders

SPECIALTY COURT: A second chance for drug offenders
MyNews3 Las Vegas KSNV
Drug addiction in the U.S. has reached epidemic proportions. In fact, the problem is costing the country $524 billion a year and is draining the resources of our ...

State gets almost $10M to fight drugs
Bennington Banner
"Opiate addiction and drug addiction continues to be one of the biggest challenges we have as a state. I would argue that we're losing the battle," Shumlin said ...

Study may rewrite how addiction meds are made
Addiction drugs with fewer side effects may be on the docket if the latest findings from The Scripps Research Institute prove their clout in testing to come....

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